the u.n. now says that over 60,000 people have been killed in the conflict. about 15,000 more than previously thought. >> i think the number is very striking in that it is more than anyone really thought. of course, we have all seen the pictures of devastated cities, aleppo, homs, damascus, so it should not be a surprise, but it does underline the failure of the international community, including of the un, to stop this conflict. >> the united nations has expressed concern that the rising toll of atrocities committed by both the government and rebel -- concern at the rising toll of atrocities committed by both the government and rebel forces. >> the u.s. has narrowly avoided economic meltdown. they have passed a deal to prevent huge tax heights -- hikes and spending cuts.